Thursday, December 30, 2010

What If?

What if when we are born, we are born as pure, unconditional, perfect love, and we are born knowing all the answers to the Universe?  What if when we are born, we are born with the potential to become the greatest expression of who God wants us to be?  What if this was true, but we’ve somehow forgotten?

You see, I believe that all the above is true, right here, right now.  When a parent looks at their newborn child, they feel that pure unconditional, perfect love for that child.  It’s a feeling like no other.  Some say they never truly knew what real love was until they had a child.  It’s the love that we should be feeling all the time, throughout our lives, for ourselves and for everyone around us.  If you could take that love and multiply it a thousand fold, a million fold, it would still be just a smidgeon of the love that God has for us regardless of who we are or our situation in life.  This is the love that Jesus and all the great Spiritual teachers taught.

As infants, we have yet to learn labels.  We have yet to learn the word ‘no.’ We have yet to be taught that we are less than, that we aren’t worthy, that we can’t accomplish what we want in life, or that our dreams can’t come true.  We haven’t yet caught what I call the ‘can’tz disease.’  (Can’t do this; can’t do that.)

We haven’t yet been taught to hate, that people are different, that some people are bad or good, right or wrong, or that we’re less than because we don’t measure up to other people’s expectations of us.   Hate, bigotry, prejudice, intolerance are all learned behaviors either by those around us, or by our experiences. 

It is said that God is love and that “God created man in his own image and likeness” (Gen. 1:27)  What if that image is not in the physical sense, but in the “Spiritual sense?”  The essence of who we are.  I know that many people believe that God has a human form, living in the clouds, sitting on a throne, in a long white robe, and long white hair.  And if that’s what you believe, that’s okay.  But what if He were more than that?  If God is love, and we are in the image of God, then that makes us love, too.  If that makes us love, that makes everyone around us love.  If we could only see ourselves as God truly sees us, it could change our whole perception on who we are meant to be and that we really can be the greatest expression of God in our everyday lives.  1 John 4:8 says, "Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love."

Can we really see God’s love in our fellow man?  Can we love them as God loves them?  1 John 4:20-21 says, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother."

It’s so easy to judge others because it’s easier than loving them.  We have certain belief systems that actually teach hate and intolerance.  We can pick out Bible verses and interpret them to back up our personal beliefs, but I think Jesus said it best in John 13:34-35:  "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

As for judging, James 4:11-12 states:  “Do not speak evil against one another, brothers.  The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law.  But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.  There is only one lawgiver and judge; he who is able to save and to destroy.  But who are you to judge your neighbor?”

What if we live the example of Jesus and all the other great Spiritual leaders?  What if we come into the New Year and change the world with our love?  Is it easy?  Hardly.  But the great Master, Jesus, commanded us to love one another as we love ourselves.  The more loving we are towards others, the more loving will be our experience of God.  It begins with us. 

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